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Yes! You tore off that wrapping paper to reveal what you’ve been wanting for so long: a spanking new air fryer. Soon enough, you’ll be crisping up French fries and baking chicken cutlets and perfectly round doughnuts—anything that would normally involve a whole lot of oil. But there’s plenty more you can do with an air fryer—after all, it’s a mini convection oven—that you’ll want to try out for yourself. Check out everything you should be doing with your new air fryer, from recipes to make and cookbooks to purchase.

Haven’t gotten one yet? See our sister site CNET’s in-depth analysis and top pick for best air fryer available in 2020.

Try Some of Our Favorite Air Fryer Recipes

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Although many people are swapping hot oil for the air fryer to make French fries, there are actually a slew of other things you can cook in this nifty appliance. Test out lobster tails, steak, and even bagels.

Add These Air Fryer Cookbooks to Your Library


Unlock the air fryer’s full potential with this list of cookbooks. You’ll find everything from keto-approved air fryer recipes to vegan and family-friendly cookbooks. 

Ultrean 5.8-Quart Air Fryer, $79.99 on Amazon

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Perfect Air-Fried French Fries


The air fryer specializes in preparing almost oil-free, usually deep-fried foods—which means you’ll be making a lot of healthy French fries. Isn’t that the biggest reason to buy an air fryer? So while you’re at it, check out our tips to perfect the humble frite

Read Our Executive Editor’s Review of the Mealthy CrispLid


Maybe you didn’t get a full-fledged air fryer, but you were gifted a Mealthy CrispLid—the genius appliance that transforms any Instant Pot into an air fryer. Hana reveals everything she’s cooked using the lid (Chicken wings! Carnitas! Butter chicken!), and totally understands why everyone just raves about it. (And if you got an Instant Pot, consider buying the CrispLid for yourself.)

Perfect the Process of Cleaning Your Air Fryer

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The best tips to care for your air fryer so it’s always like you just pulled it out of the box.

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Amy Schulman is an associate editor at Chowhound. She is decidedly pro-chocolate.
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